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Snapping Turtle .(Chelydra serpentina) Largest Freshwater Turtle. Can be found statewide in NJ . When the neck was poked out it was thicker than my wrist .Awosting NJ. .Pulled over in the Truck on East Shore Road coming back from fishing .I had to take a pic.

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Comment by carl hendrix on June 11, 2016 at 7:20am

JOHN;; IM NOT SURE HOW ANDY DOES IT;; BUT YOU CAN GET TURTTLE TRAPS;; KIND OF LIKE HOOP NETS;; ONCE INSIDE;; YOU CANT GET OUT !

Comment by John Sheehan on June 11, 2016 at 6:59am

Carl -I am curious how he does the trapping!

Comment by John Sheehan on June 11, 2016 at 6:57am

Allen -Like a Stegosaurus lol!

Comment by carl hendrix on June 10, 2016 at 5:46pm

IF I AM CORRECT;; TOOTY;S SON; ANDY; TRAPS TURTTLES;;

Comment by Allen Morgan on June 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Ok, I was hoping to go to one specific picture.  Instead, it went to the general search.  Probably even better.

Over on the right side you'll see some statistics.  They claim the Alligator Snapper will go over 200 lbs.  OK, I'll believe that.  They claim the life-span is 50 - 70 years.  I doubt that.  More like 150.  They will lay on the bottom, mouths open, and twitch a little fleshy, wormy-looking "lure" on their tongue to attract fish.  Once a fish enters the gator snapper's mouth, CLANG!  The trap shuts and the fish is eaten.

Comment by Allen Morgan on June 10, 2016 at 4:03pm

Try this:

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=alligator+snapping+turtle+pic...

The "ridges" and points on their shells are more pronounced.  The spikes on their skin are bigger.  These things get HUGE!  150 lbs!

They are a Southern species.  Won't find them this far north, thank goodness!

Comment by John Sheehan on June 10, 2016 at 6:12am

as i thought . you are very fortunate Slip.

Comment by Slip Sinker on June 10, 2016 at 5:41am

John, i have Wixom Lake at just a stones throw away and i also have a creek that harbors snapping turtles, trout, panfish and crayfish that runs 50ft from the back of my house.

Comment by John Sheehan on June 10, 2016 at 5:32am

I hooked a huge snapping Turtle fishing from a boat about 8 years ago .I was trolling a Crank bait for Bass . It was a very strange sensation feeling this creature on the end of the line .He was hooked in the hard beak and as I got him ,with his moss covered shell, to the boat I noticed he was flailing his front legs and claws like he was trying to dislodge the hooks from his mouth . I was amazed at the sight and recall uttering out loud to myself ,"this guy knows what he is doing "and will dislodge that hook .Three times i dropped the rod tip and gave him slack for a moment to assist him to do what he wanted .After the third time doing this I raised him again to the surface and noticed the poor creature had the hook in one of his front paws .Not caring to lose vital body parts by going anywhere near his face I took the oar and ran it down the line to the lure and with one quick hard poke set him free and got my lure back which I still have .I even recall which one of my 20 or so fishing rods I have was the one used .

Comment by John Sheehan on June 10, 2016 at 5:27am

Allen -Do you have a pic of an alligator Snapper? Happen to know there range and habits?

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